GREENSBORO — An autopsy of Sherri Jackson reveals the Greensboro woman likely died from being strangled.

Jackson’s body was found June 26 , buried in a makeshift grave behind a house at 2305 Pine Meadows Court .

That same day, DeCarlo Rayshaun Bennett pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in her death. Bennett told police where she was buried as part of a plea deal. He had been scheduled to go on trial July 7 for first-degree murder in her death.

After her disappearance in late 2006, friends said Jackson had been trying to break up with Bennett.

Jackson, 27, also was believed to be three months pregnant. But according to the autopsy report, no fetal remains were found.

Assistant District Attorney Howard Neumann had waited for the autopsy to be final before scheduling Bennett’s sentencing. “I wanted to be able to tell the judge what the cause of death was, not my theory of what it was,” he said.

Neumann will coordinate with Jackson’s family and Bennett’s attorney to schedule his sentencing hearing. The hearing likely will happen within a month, Neumann said.

Bennett confessed to cutting Jackson and then strangling her, according to the autopsy report. He faces a maximum sentence of 13 to 16 years in prison.

Jackson disappeared Nov. 29, 2006. Weeks later, Bennett was charged with first-degree murder in her death .

According to the autopsy report, medical examiners found no bullets among Jackson’s remains, and the only skeletal damage that occurred before her death was an injury to her nose. Damage to the body’s pelvis may have been caused by police digging up the remains, according to the report.

Jackson was positively identified by her dental records.

The autopsy report was completed Thursday.

Contact Sonja Elmquist at

373-7090 or sonja.elmquist @news-record.com

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